U-M Blanks PSU, to Play for Big Ten Crown Sunday
Alex Petrone

April 19, 2013

Site: State College, Pa. (Penn State Indoor Tennis Center)
Score: #26 Michigan 7, Penn State 0
Records: U-M (14-7, 9-1 Big Ten), Penn State (8-15, 2-7 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 21 -- vs. Ohio State (Varsity Tennis Center), Noon

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The University of Michigan men's tennis team closed out its road schedule with a 7-0 sweep at Penn State on Friday afternoon (April 19) at the Penn State Indoor Tennis Center. The Wolverines claimed their 13th doubles point of the season and followed with wins at each of the six singles positions to clinch their seventh straight victory over the Nittany Lions.

The Maize and Blue earned the first point of the match with doubles victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. U-M's 29th-ranked tandem of senior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan Prep) and junior Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK) struck first, notching an 8-3 decision over Roman Trkulja and Chris Young at the top spot. Minutes later, sophomore Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and redshirt sophomore Justin Rossi (Novi, Mich./Laurel Springs Prep) clinched the point, winning three of the final four games to secure an 8-5 victory over Guanhua Chen and Tomas Hanzlik.

Sophomore Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania) was first off the court for the Wolverines in singles play, picking up his third consecutive victory with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Trkulja. Shortly thereafter, King gave Michigan its third point of the match, netting his 111th career singles victory with a 6-4, 6-4 decision over Russell Bader at the No. 1 position. King, who comes in at No. 10 in the latest ITA singles rankings, trailed Bader 2-4 in the second set before winning four straight games to close out the match. With the win, he improved to 20-1 in dual-match competition and 10-0 in Big Ten play.

Sophomore Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) clinched the match from the No .2 position, earning a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Hanzlik for his ninth dual win of the season.

With the match in hand, Michigan won the final three matches on the court. Junior Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') put U-M ahead 5-0, rallying back from a first-set deficit to earn a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Matt Barry at the No. 3 spot. Franks has won 11 straight matches and is 17-2 in dual-match competition. Junior Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) followed with a 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (4) win over Young at No. 5, and minutes later Rossi completed the 7-0 sweep with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over C.J. Griffin at the No. 6 position.

The Wolverines close out their regular-season schedule on Sunday (April 21), hosting No. 5 Ohio State at noon at the Varsity Tennis Center. With a victory over the Buckeyes, U-M will earn a share of its first Big Ten regular-season championship since 1996.

Following are match-by-match results:

No. 1 -- No. 10 Evan King (U-M) d. Russell Bader (Penn State), 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 -- Alex Petrone (U-M) d. Tomas Hanzlik (Penn State), 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 -- Barrett Franks (U-M) d. Matt Barry (Penn State), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
No. 4 -- No. 108 Vlad Stefan (U-M) d. Roman Trkulja (Penn State), 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 -- Alex Buzzi (U-M) d. Chris Young (Penn State), 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (4)
No. 6 -- Justin Rossi (U-M) d. C.J. Griffin (Penn State), 6-4, 6-4

No. 1 -- No. 29 Evan King/Shaun Bernstein (U-M) d. Roman Trkulja/Chris Young (Penn State), 8-3
No. 2 -- Alex Buzzi/Barrett Franks (U-M) vs. Russell Bader/Matt Barry (Penn State), 4-7 DNF
No. 3 -- Alex Petrone/Justin Rossi (U-M) d. Guanhua Chen/Tomas Hanzlik (Penn State), 8-5

Order of Completion: Doubles 1-3, Singles 4-1-2-3-5-6

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